Indiana firm, owner fined $200K for dumping grease

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a northwestern Indiana company and its owner to pay $200,000 in fines and restitution for illegally dumping grease into the city of Hammond’s sewer system.

U.S. District Judge Philip Simon also sentenced NH Environmental’s owner, Ronald Holmes, on Friday to four years of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The Griffith man and his East Chicago company pleaded guilty last year to felony and misdemeanor pollution discharge counts for dumping waste, mostly grease from local restaurants, into the sewers.

The Post-Tribune of Merrillville reports Holmes’ attorney, Jackie Bennett Jr., argued that his client had thought his company had a valid waste discharge permit.

Holmes apologized Friday for his actions Friday, saying “the stress, anguish and embarrassment are a terrible burden to bear.”

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